Supporting dataset and code: Succession comprises a sequence of threshold-induced community assembly processes towards multidiversity

Published: 31 March 2022| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/dr6d3728xb.1
, Robert Junker


Using this script, data manipulations and analyses in "Hanusch et al. (2022), Succession comprises a sequence of threshold-inducedcommunity assembly processes towards multidiversity" can be reproduced Abstract: Research on successions and community assembly both address the same processes such as dispersal, species sorting, and biotic interactions but lack unifying concepts. Recent theoretical advances integrated both research lines proposing a sequence of stochastic and deterministic processes along successional gradients. Shifts in ecosystem states along successional gradients are predicted to occur abruptly once abiotic and biotic factors dominate over dispersal as main driver. Considering the multidiversity composed of five organismal groups including plants, animals, and microbes, we show that stochastic, likely dispersal-dominated, processes are replaced by rather deterministic processes such as environmental filtering and biotic interactions after around 60 years of succession in a glacier forefield. The niche-based character of later successional processes is further supported by a decline in multi-beta-diversity. Our results may update concepts of community assembly by considering multiple taxa, help to bridge the gap between research on successions and community assembly, and provide new insights into the emergence of multidiverse and complex ecosystems. Dataset includes: - Code for data analysis - Data for analysis



Philipps-Universitat Marburg, Universitat Salzburg


Ecology, Microbiome, Vegetation Succession, Alpine Ecosystem, Ecological Succession, Community Assembly